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Poster: AshesRising Date: Jun 14, 2009 11:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: "Mandojammer" --- How are you?

I hope the recovery is goin' as well as can be expected -- I just saw your update from a couple of weeks ago.

All the best,
--- pauld.

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Jun 15, 2009 8:50am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Mandojammer' --- How are you?

Ashes -

Thanks for asking.....

Things are going very well. I'm a little bit ahead of schedule with the rehab.

Now for some matters of clerical record - I had my follow-up with the doc last week. Seems as if the anethesia was still fogging my melon when the doc told me what he did. My earlier post said he drilled 77 holes in the femur - it was 7. Apparently my left ear and right ear each processed the "7" separately - hence 77.

Anyway, doc fills me in on the whole surgery - complete with pictures. Pretty freakin cool if you ask me. He found a 1.5" x 1/2" chunk of articular cartilige that had torn off the lateral femur head. So he pulled that hunk of knee noodle out through the 'scope hole. (BTW - if the doc asks if you want to see the picture of that, say "No!")

So then he goes in and shaves the cartilige down to the bone, cleans up the edges and builds a little channel on top of the femur. This is where he drilled the seven holes - each one about 3/16" - down into the marrow cavity.
Up comes marrow blood which is evidently comprised of adult stem cells. In about 6 months time, the blood clot will turn into brand new cartilige.

Out and about I'm walking in a brace - just because I'm stupid and would try to put too much weight on the knee, but am managing at home without the brace as long as I'm careful. Mrs. Mando has already let me know that if I overdo it the sympathy cup is empty. We have our 25th anniversary in a few weeks, so I completely support her approach - I have been her oldest child for almost 26 years now.

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Poster: dogsinapile! Date: Jun 15, 2009 1:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Mandojammer' --- How are you?

Great to hear you're doing so well. I understand about the anesthesia fogging the brain. I am still feeling some minor effects and my last surgery was March 5. Like they tell you during the pre-surgery screening, "Don't make any life-altering decisions for at least 6 months".
Keep up the rehab and best of luck to you!!!

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Jun 15, 2009 6:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Mandojammer' --- How are you?

Hi ashes, I was thinking about you yesterday whilst listening to some of the Robert Hunter you sent.

The morning star rose into hell
three days to shine on Moses
and from his solitary cell
to free the Jack O' Roses

He sprang to saddle like wind, I allow (note 4)
for bridle strains of lightning
Ride, ride, ride, though tempest howl
cruelly and most frightening

For at the dawn fair Terrapin
arose like revelation
The morning star reflected in
the windows of Terrapin Station